Omaheke educators rapped over region's poor performance

30 Jun 2015 10:10am
GOBABIS, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Anna Nghipondoka says schools in the Omaheke Region face the same challenges as schools in other regions so there is no excuse for their poor academic performance.
Addressing Omaheke Directorate of Education officials, school principals and teachers on Thursday, Nghipondoka said there was no excuse for the region to keep ranking amongst the lowest performers yearly.
Omaheke has remained in the bottom six position due to its dismal performance in national Grade 10 and 12 examination rankings for the past five years.
The deputy minister, who was on a familiarisation visit of the region, said schools in Omaheke face with the same challenges as schools in others regions, yet they are out performed by schools in other regions.
“It has now become a habit that whenever the national examination results are out, Omaheke is always ranked amongst the weakest performers. In fact, don't waste your time looking for Omaheke at the top in the rankings; start from the bottom if you want to see how Omaheke performed,” she said, adding that such a state of affairs needs to change.
Nghipondoka said in spite of the challenges faced by the education fraternity in the Omaheke, the negative attitude of educators also appears to be a huge contributing factor to the region's poor performance.
She said poor work ethics between education regional office officials and school principals often leaves much to be desired. Such negativity is eventually passed onto the teachers and learners at schools, rendering the entire system a failure.
“We need to change our attitudes. Let us stop this culture of blame, undue criticism and finger pointing. How come when things go wrong, it is never our fault? Let us look at the challenges facing us as our stepping stones and deliver on our promises to the Namibian children as educators,” she noted.
Nghipondoka called on frequent contact among the regional education office, principals and teachers to allow for the exchange of ideas and strategies on best approaches to education.
During her two-day stay in Omaheke, Nghipondoka also visited a few schools, where she addressed learners on the importance of education.